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is breastfeeding really an effective form of birth control?

i know it falters at times, as do many other forms of birth control. but does it really work THAT well (if you exclusively bf regularly)?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:32 PM on Jul. 23, 2009 in Health

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Answers (8)
  • No it is not a reliable form of birth control. You need to go on "POP"(progesterone only pills used for women who are breastfeeding). And even on those pills , you still have a greater chance of getting pregnant the first year postpartum.
    msfila1980

    Answer by msfila1980 at 10:36 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • By far, NO! Many women start their period within months of giving birth even while exclusively breastfeeding. I myself had my first period at about 2 months postpartum following the birth of my first son, and before my 6 week appointment following the birth of my second! I exclusively breastfed both.
    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 10:57 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • I have 2 sons 13 months apart, and was breastfeeding exclusively, don't rely on that alone for birth control!!
    MrsLeftlane

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 11:41 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • No, it is NOT a reliable form of birth control.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 11:48 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • It works great for some, but only if you are feeding 10-12 times a day with no solids and no supplementation. It worked for me until my daughter began solids. My kids will be 21 months apart. There are other methods, but I wouldn't recommend anything hormonal. Progesterone only pills must be taken religiously at the same time each day, and your weight affects the effectiveness as well. Ask your doctor, and a lactation consultant about their recommendations.
    ColleenF30

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 12:36 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • Hold on, I'll go wake my 2 year old son up and ask what he thinks...
    Izsarejman

    Answer by Izsarejman at 1:45 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • Not at all
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:24 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • NOPE
    MizLee

    Answer by MizLee at 8:57 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

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